Man pleads not guilty to Sunoco theft

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 13, 2008

A man who stole several pieces of metal from the Sunoco plant in Haverhill in April was arraigned Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Joseph Barber, 26, of 500 County Road 103, Ironton, is accused of stealing steel industrial pipe flanges valued at $8,540 while he was employed at the plant. The flanges were found during when Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped Barber for speeding. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Michael Gleichauf.

Judge Charles Cooper allowed bond set in Ironton Municipal Court to continue and scheduled a July 23 pretrial conference.

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Barber was one of more than 40 people who had their cases heard to criminal court Wednesday. David Bruton, 33, of Flatwoods, Ky., pleaded guilty to criminal non-support. Cooper sentenced him to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation and ordered him to pay $100 weekly toward current child support and his arrearage.

“I want to get this taken care of, that’s all,” Bruton said when Cooper asked him if he had anything to say. Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson said Bruton was in $8,000 in arrears to the care of one child.

Michael Castle, 27, of Ashland, Ky., pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of possession of criminal tools. He also admitted he violated the probation he was placed on for an earlier theft conviction by getting arrested on these new charges.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to nine months in prison.

“I apologize for everything I’ve done and caused and want to get this over with,” Runyon said. “And I apologize to my family for causing them trouble.”

Christopher Jenkins, 30, of 70 Township Road 1024, South Point, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to domestic violence and disrupting a public service. Bowling sentenced him to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation and ordered to undergo a treatment program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Deborah Johnson, 51, of 110 Ashland Drive, South Point, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft. Cooper sentenced her to six months in jail but suspended the sentence. He then ordered her to serve two years probation and pay a $1,000 fine.

George England, 31, of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty to one count each of trafficking in drugs, possession of crack and possession of criminal tools. At the request of Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr., England will also forfeit money that was in his possession when he was arrested.

Cooper sentenced him to a total of two years in prison and suspended his driver’s license two years. Though there are mandatory fines in his case. His attorney, Derick Fisher, said England will ask that the fines be waived since he is indigent. England was given credit for time served in jail awaiting resolution of his case.

England said he “apologized to the State of Ohio” for what he had done.

Christa Giammarco, 32, of 614 1/2 Mill St., Ironton, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to theft. Bowling sentenced her to four years community controlled sanctions and ordered her to complete a rehabilitation program at a community based correctional facility.